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What Happens When You Don’t Get What You Want… ;(

Bernie Waving

AND IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WILLL ALWAYS LOOOOOVVVEEEE YOUUUUUUU

Man oh man, have I been procrastinating processing my feelings about this one: Bernie’s not going to be our president. Only last week did I hang my head as I took down my “Bernie 2016” sign from my front window. Ugh. And the thing is, I knew this going into the campaign. I think many of the Sander’s supporters who were overwhelmed by Sander’s appeal well over a year ago knew that Sander’s probably wansn’t going to get the nomination. He’s anti-establishment, running against the establishment, in a “race” created by the establishment. Every aspect of the presidential run was stacked against him, with the exception of American populism. But even all these truths doesn’t make my bleeding heart burn less when I’m faced with the fact that the man I really believed in isn’t going to be our president.

As the months progressed, and Bernie became more popular and influential, a lot of Bernie supporters thought that this might be enough. That the amazing divine power of social media and grassroots organizing would lead us into the next candidacy with a renewed faith in how our government and politics are run. I did my best to think as realistically as possible, and continued to focus on Bernie’s issues and needs in key states and key areas like Northeastern PA. I knew if I started to buy into the idea that Bernie would be president then I would be greatly disappointed, and maybe I might slack off in my campaigning for him. I can tell you, the first time I think I really cried of happiness over Bernie was staying up until past midnight, waiting to see who won Iowa back in January, because I couldn’t believe how close it was. How the hard work was paying off.

So what now? A lot of people I know are angry at Bernie for endorsing Clinton, but truth be told, he said he was going to do so from the very beginning. He was positioning himself to make sure he could still have influence on the Democratic Platform, and the influence he’s had over it is way more than what I had hoped for last year at this time. Bernie’s given us the MOST progressive platform ever in the democratic party. Even if the democrats don’t follow it, his guidance is there. We are the ones who need to hold our politicians accountable for following it.

He also said he’s not going to run as a third party candidate.  I had written a post about him being Stein’s VP, which was a pipe dream, and a fun thing to think about, but Bernie has integrity. Even though the entire DNC ran a coup against him, he continues to stick to the POLICIES and ISSUES, not what is grabbing headlines. This is admirable. What is even more so, is that Bernie has asked his followers to keep this movement going. And that’s the best thing he can do- and it’s a really big thing! Now that so many people feel EMOTIONALLY connected to politics, we can make a real change.

How does this happen? Well, let’s keep in mind what we do want. Some things that I care about: Cut military funding and stop perpetuating wars in far off lands, redistribute our budget to give more federal money to states for schools and human services, and start to make the transition to a new green deal. Now, that I have some goals in mind, how do we make this happen? Well, if you watched Bernie’s speeches, one of his favorite lines is “Change doesn’t come from the top down, but from the bottom up”.  Local elections are so important. Everything from School Board to City Council, these are the people who are elected to really get something done. It would be pretty naïveté to think that Bernie could have gotten much done (other than appoint true, really, social justice warriors for Supreme Court instead of waify, corporately influenced, democratic titled judges) without the help of electing other REAL progressives in the House, Senate, and at the State and Local levels.

I don’t think Bernie losing was a loss for Bernie supporters. Sure, it’s okay to feel a little disappointed, but now’s the time to stop dwelling on it. Let’s figure out how to use the momentum that was created to continue to strive for REAL change. Bernie did such a wonderful thing bringing issues to the forefront instead of ad-Revenue-debacle-content that we see covered as “the issues” on all mainstream media.

The most important thing we can do is stay together and work towards change. Bernie was the catalyst that got us going, but we’re going to have to be the real soliders that begin to overthrow this corrupt oligarch that is American politics and government, starting from the bottom up.

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Is a Stein-Sanders Ticket a Fairy Tale?

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once upon a time, there were two progressives who wanted to beat the big bad wolf and the evil witch…

So I’ve been learning more and more about the Green Party Presidential Candidate hopeful, Jill Stein, and she seems pretty great.

She recently wrote an open letter to Senator Sanders, in which she applauds his campaign’s progressive agenda, his “inspiring grassroots movement”, and makes note of the unfair attacks from the establishment and media against him. She ends the letter by inviting him to speak with her about “collaborative ways to advance the effort and ensure the revolution for people, planet, and peace will prevail”.  Sanders still hasn’t responded to this invitation, but I’m curious if he might after the DNC in Philadelphia hands over the nomination to Clinton. Sanders campaign has demonstrated a sense of integrity since the beginning- and since Sanders promised supporters he would take his campaign all the way to the convention, I believe he will do so, and that this might be delaying him from speaking with Stein.

Stein’s platform lines up very closely with Sanders. Her “Power to the People Plan” includes creating millions of jobs from transforming the country’s dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy, end poverty by providing helpful social programs to increase social mobility, creating a single payer healthcare system, providing free education, including college education, break up big banks, increase minimum wage to $15 and hour, and make GMOs transparent. Because of this progressive stance, it’s easy to understand why Sanders supporters would embrace a Stein-Sanders ticket with open arms.

I mean, is this a crazy thought? Would it be impossible for a Stein-Sanders ticket to materialize? I don’t think so. This could be a way to get around the outdated, bought and sold, two party system and start a real revolution of the people. Sanders has said that he will not run as a third party candidate, but he never said (to my knowledge) that he wouldn’t accept a running partner position.

This would cause an even bigger problem than the DNC is worried about now with the #StillBernie and the #BernieorBust movement. These diehards would certainly give their support to a Stein-Sanders ticket, and people who are on the fence about who to vote for if the options are Clinton-Trump (meaning, do I write in Sanders? or compromise to vote against my own convictions and choose the lesser evil, which arguably is Clinton), such as myself, would be so relieved to see this ticket as a viable option.

There are still things that Stein needs to accomplish before she can seriously think about getting Sanders on her side. She still needs to get on the ballot for a lot of states, including PA. If she hopes to gain media attention and be invited to debates, she will have to receive at least 15% of the electoral vote which can be difficult if she doesn’t have Sanders supporters already.

So for all you naysayers, just let me have this daydream. I don’t want to give up on the hard work I, and so many of my new friends, have done for the Sanders campaign. If I allow myself to give up on my own ideology, then ultimately the entire establishment has won.

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How to Vote 101 (Because Sometimes Its Scary To Ask These Things When Adulting)

Fellow Pennsylvanians, tomorrow is our primary. I have been anticipating this day since last year at this time (when Bernie announced he’d be running). Tomorrow is very important. Even if you’re not into politics, which is totally okay, I urge you to go vote if you’re registered.

How can you tell if you’re registered to vote in PA? How about finding where you’re polling place is?  Here’s the link that will tell you all of that. 

Maybe you know you’re registered and where to go already, but you’re nervous because you’ve never voted before. That’s totally okay. I know that it might seem scary and complicated, but it’s not. And if you’re someone who doesn’t like to ask questions to the people working at your polling location, I can guarantee that there are printed directions posted everywhere in the polling place on how to vote.

If you’re still nervous, I’ll tell you what goes down:

You show up to your polling place. You walk in. There will be a table and probably a little old lady sitting there with a signature book. She will ask your name. You’ll tell her. Then she’ll find your name in the book and have you sign it. If this is your first time voting you will need ID- a license, birth certificate, etc.  If it isn’t your first time, you don’t need anything (Although, I bring my ID just in case something fishy happens).  You’ll then get a paper ballot for your registered party and will be told to go to a little booth which has a curtain around it for privacy. Then you fill in the circle of the people you’re voting for. If you don’t know who to vote for for a particular race, say for example the Attorney General Race, feel free to just leave it blank (or vote randomly). When you’re done, there’s a printer looking machine that you feed your ballot into.

Its that easy. Seriously.

If you don’t know who to vote for and are registered as a democrat, I beg of you to vote for Bernie Sanders for US President and John Fetterman for US Senate. If you weren’t planning on voting, please reconsider. It’s one of the things that makes us American and one of the only ways to get our control back as a people. 

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voting’s really important

 

 

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Being female in 2015 (my thoughts on being a musician, my woman crushes, and my hopes)

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i knew nothing about star wars before seeing “the force awakens”, but fuck yeah, rey.

2015 has been an interesting (worrisome? rejoiceful?)  year for American women. We have seen congress attack Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights over and over again.  Women started making noise and pressing charges about their experience of rape at universities, in the porn industry, and from Bill Cosby. We’ve been introduced to the idea of mandatory and paid maternity leave. Women still make 77 cents to the dollar.  All these examples show that there is still a need to work towards equality for women’s rights. But I think we’re starting to make stride.

What has made me hopeful about feminism and the future? The Music Scene. 

Where I have seen a dramatic change for women is within the music scene. 2015 was a great year to be a female musician. I played so many shows this year which had other female musicians on the bill, and believe me, this is a triumphant leap. The beginning years of playing in A Fire With Friends always made me feel like a somewhat outsider, like that I was supposed to be the token girl piano player role. AFWF as bandmates never made me feel like this, but shows did. And pictures did. Because for press releases and stuff like that the photographer would want me to be in the middle, even though I’m not the songwriter or singer or guitarist, but because I was the girl in the band. And that’s stupid.

Pity Party, my band that happens to be all girls, has warmly been received as simply a band. We’ve been lucky enough to play really cool fun shows and none of it had to do with us being ladies. No one thinks we’re hot, or at least they don’t tell us this, and that’s a good thing. Because we wanna make music, just like everyone else. We don’t wanna be sexualized or judged. We just wanna play our songs and have fun. Being in a band has been a boys club for a very long time, and it feels good to finally feel welcomed.

Music aside, there have been lots of kick ass ladies making changes in how women are perceived in the world. Here are some of my Women Crushes from this year.

Women Crushes of 2015 (in no ranking order)

RBG

Yas Queen

  1. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Notorious RGB, as she has been affectionately called in the title of one of the years New York Times Best Seller, has found herself recognized as a great influence for a new wave of millennial feminism. Her support for SCOTUS’ decision on same-sex marriage and upholding ACA will go down in history.

abbi and ilana

i think broad city changed my life. seriously.

2. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson

The creators of Broad City continued to produce a fucking great show that demonstrates what it’s like to be a millennial woman in 2015. And it’s not a thing. It’s not a girl show, even though I’m sure people probably assume it is. It’s a fucking really funny show.

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senator elizabeth warren

3. Elizabeth Warren

The MA Senator has continued to kick ass this year by defending planned parenthood and holding big banks and Wall Street accountable.

amy schumer, the goddess

amy schumer, the goddess

4. Amy Schumer

One of the funniest comedians. Continues to speak out about breaking gender norms and women’s issues.

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symone sanders, senator bernie sanders’ press secretary

5. Symone Sanders-

Bernie Sanders’ (no relation) press secretary. She has done a lot in her mere 25 years. Before coming to Sanders’ campaign she worked for Ralph Nader. She sits on the board of the National Campaign for Juvenile Justice which is close to my heart.

ana kasperian

thank gawd for ana on TYT

6. Ana Kasperian

The Young Turks journalist and contributing writer for rawstory.com has continued to bring meaningful news to the network.

emily bazelon

i’m so grateful to have been introduced to emily bazelon this year

7. Emily Bazelon

The New York Magazine writer and Slate Political Gab Fest co-host is one of the most brilliant, and most human writers that I’ve come to admire this year.

erykah badu is a fucking genius

you used to call me on your cellular device

8. Erykah Badu

Put out one of my favorite albums of 2015. The concept is brilliant, she’s so fucking talented, and  production is out of this world.

Marilyn Mosby

Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby

9. Marilyn Mosby

Maryland’s State Attorney who oversaw the Freddie Gray murder case. She gave an extremely moving speech when she announced the charges, signifying that systematic racism is real and is killing people.

dr. haifa al-hababi

trailblazer dr. haifa al-hababi

  1. Dr Haifa al-Hababi

The first woman candidate to run for office in Saudi Arabia. What a freaking big deal. By her example, 19 women were elected to municipal seats in Saudia Arabia this year. Also, she is a social worker.

Hope for 2016

I believe that 2016 will be a monumental election for our generation. I am a supporter of Bernie Sanders who has fought for woman’s rights. If Hilary wins, she will help little girls across American dream that they can be president.

I know there is talk of more Girls’ Nights in Scranton, which is an amazing open mic for women musicians, comics, poets, artists, etc. This is so important, and I’m grateful for Jess Meoni for organizing this (no. 11 woman crush). If I had a place to feel comfortable and debut my songs at 19  years old I know I would be much more confident in life in general. I know I wouldn’t have waited until I was 25 to gather up the courage to show my songs to anyone. The visibility of creative and smart women is what inspires me most, and I’m excited to see what we all can create in the next year.

I also know that there are going to be more open conversations at Marywood University about feminism. The first forum back in November had a great turnout and great discussion. I hope this continues to grow.

All in all, we’re moving in the right direction and we’re picking up steam. It’s not so much of a dirty word to use the word “feminism” and more and more people are starting to see that feminism is just equality. And that’s all that anyone wants anyways, right?

Oh and period panties are a thing. That’s a sign if I’ve ever seen one.

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2015 was pretty okay for ladies

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It’s not about Bernie Sanders the person that is important.

Sometimes I feel like people get unreasonably angry about Bernie Sanders running for President. I see so many things online that basically say “All you Bernophiles are so stupid, just wait until he drops out/loses primary/forget he’s running for president and enters a nursing home”. I’m approached with this argument, in kinder words, to my face often (at least whenever I wear my Bernie shirt out to Price Chopper grocery shopping on Sundays in Dunmore). My answer each time is that it is the ideology of Sanders that gets me excited.

How fellow dunmore shoppers look at me in my Bernie 4 President t-shirt.

How fellow dunmore shoppers look at me in my Bernie 4 President t-shirt.

When faced with these scowling faces, annoyed with me for even saying that I will vote for Bernie Sanders, I must check myself and realize that their frustration towards my hope and ideology isn’t completely unwarranted. Of course I realize that Sanders is a long shot. I think everyone can agree to this, even if you do believe with your whole heart that he will win. The point is, people are tired of being let down. People are tired of getting their hopes up or allowing themselves to believe that things can actually change. If anyone should be doubtful about any possibility of change actually happening in America, it is the American people. 53% of us believed in 2008 that Obama would welcome in a new era, especially for us millennials, voting for our first time in a presidential election. But alas, because of the bureaucracy that is Washington DC, Obama was destined to fail as the dream we had imagined.

Here’s what I consider to be the best thing about Sanders’ run- he is bringing to light how things could be. He’s getting people, and not just young people, by the way (holla at my dad), interested in how our country works- how our economy works, how Wall Street works, what happened in 2008, how bills get passed, why we should care about who we vote in during the midterms, etc. etc. etc. This is why Bernie Sanders is important. Sure there have always been fringe and third party candidates that get young people riled up, but I do believe that Sanders’ is different. I believe that the American people, regardless of their political views, are realizing that we have a broken system and that by the definition of democracy we should have the power to change this.

So call me a dreamer or an idiot, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we start opening our eyes to the corruption we’ve been hopelessly ignoring. Maybe ignorance is bliss, however I’m optimistic that the American people are starting to reject what’s been comfortable and start seeing what is happening in our great country.

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Mainstream Media vs. The People

After watching the first Democratic debate on Wednesday night I predicted what the headlines would be the next morning: “Sanders wins over more American voters”, “Clinton second to Sanders at Debate”, “Crazy Scientist Looking Guy Actually Has Good Ideas”, etc. etc. Instead I was (somewhat) surprised to see via news headlines how Hillary had “clearly won” the debate.

I was a little confused by this considering that I saw more positive words about Sanders during and after the debate via social media than for any other candidate on the stage. Bernie pulled in 1.3 million dollars from donations during the debate, more than any other candidate. If talking financially and popularity it can be proven that Sanders won the debate.  Investigating further, I saw screen shots of many different mainstream media polls, including CNN, MSNBC, and Slate, all which pointed to Sanders as having the popular vote. It seemed by morning however these polls were deleted, and support for Hillary’s victory seemed universal throughout the media.

If we look at Hillary’s donors, we can see that Time Warner has given $501,831 to the Clinton campaign over the years, and an additional $83k for the 2016 cycle. Coincidentally, Time Warner owns CNN newsgroup. Of course CNN’s agenda is a Clinton win. By the controlling mainstream media we see how America’s views are manipulated.  Looking into Hillary’s donors for 2016 I found it startling that Google has donated $58k so far to her campaign. Will we soon find our right to open internet compromised in favor of Clinton? I wouldn’t be surprised in the coming months if it is easier to find pro-Clinton information online than any information opposing Clinton or positive information about Sanders. Checkout Clinton’s donors for 2016 here.

Should we be surprised by Hillary's appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

Should we be surprised by Clinton’s appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network, who is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

In the midst of all of this, the mess that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made of the debate schedule only favors mainstream media more. In a piece this morning from Bloomburg, fellow vice-chairs and reps spoke out about the Chairwoman’s dictator ways in choosing to only hold 6 democratic debates. In 2007 there were 21 democratic debates held before the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd, 2008. The huge variance in democratic debates is an outrage to democracy. The fact that Wasserman Schultz was co-chair of Clinton’s 2008 campaign should be considered as a conflict of interest in her role as head of the DNC. Obviously she has stacked the deck in Clinton’s favor. I believe its safe to assume that Wasserman Schultz didn’t make this decision solely by herself, but by the help of Clinton’s top donors.

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised by the injustice to democracy via mainstream media, however I am frustrated. It is the power of large corporations such as Time Warner, NBCUniversal, Comcast, and Google who will filter what the American people get to see and learn about the candidates. Information is at their discretion. I just hope that the momentum of change continues and that those who share this frustration will understand the obligation they have to inform those around us who may not realize how serious this issue is.

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